I was intrigued by Wesley White's take on Luke 14:25-33 on his Kairos Comotion website this week: Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue : " Luke 14:25-33 This section is not much different than what is reported about cultic behavior in general - a narrowing of perception to see only the chosen one. There is no cost too large to pay to be a disciple. Folks are put in the position of suing for peace from a larger, controlling ruler. I know that discipleship is a huge issue in the history of the church and still today when folks call for solidarity in faith or patriotism or whatever. I do wonder, however, as the Republican Convention convenes (not that it is any different in kind, perhaps only in degree, of any other cultic behavior) and congregations continue, whether or not it would make a difference for us to be disciples together rather than disciples of one mediator or another . . . What is the choice that appears to be present in the passage for you?"